Jonathan Freedland has an article in this week’s Jewish Chronicle which highlights the potential divisive nature of the proposed Stamford Hill Planning Forum, and supports our campaign to ensure that planning decisions should remain the responsibility of the local council.
“My own view is simple. I don’t want to see a system that pits strictly Orthodox Jews against everyone else, one that would cause local people to grow resentful as they watch their streets or gardens become disfigured by excess construction. Right now, if a bad planning decision is taken, people blame the council. What nobody should want is a situation where they would blame the Jews.”
The proposed forum which covers four or five wards would hand planning policy to an unelected and unaccountable group. Given the history of planning here in Hackney, this could be incredibly divisive, and our recent public meeting showed that it was not wanted.
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